If a fleeting ultrasound image is not enough, you can now have your foetus immortalised in hologram form
If you have ever wanted to immortalise that first glimpse of the bleary face of your foetus on the ultrasound screen, help is at hand.
If you have ever wanted to immortalise that first glimpse of the bleary face of your foetus on the ultrasound screen, help is at hand. Now you can capture that bewildered expression of your unborn child, peering back at you through its
bath of amniotic fluid, and have it printed as a 3D hologram with which to scare your friends.
“Previously, holograms were produced by shining two lights at the subject and photographing it,” said a spokesman for Pioneer, the company that has developed the technology in Japan. Shining lights and a camera into your womb is probably not to be advised, but thankfully they have now invented a new technique that translates data directly from the ultrasound scan.
“The original method involved a lot of work, because it required a darkroom, knowledge of techniques, and specialised equipment,” said the spokesman. “But with the device we’ve developed, you don’t need to have the actual object. When an expecting mother has a checkup, an echogram is made – and that contains 3D data which can be used to record a hologram easily.”
The information is then fed into a compact printer which can etch a full-colour hologram on to a sheet of high performance photopolymer film in 120 minutes, with single-colour holograms taking 90 minutes.
“This method works by shining light containing information about the object from one side of the recording material, and reference light from the other side, and recording the state of interference between the two light sources in the material,” said the spokesman. “A hologram is created by regularly arranging the recordings on the medium.”
So what might you do with your holographic foetus? Pioneer’s exhibition suggests a range of options, with fuzzy 3D faces hovering in front of illuminated frames, as well as staring out from the inner lining of a jewellery box. If that’s not good enough, you can always get your foetus 3D-printed and put it on the mantelpiece.